Liverpool loanee Ryan Kent has been a major success for Steven Gerrard and Glasgow Rangers this season, with the attacking midfielder nominated for both the player of the year and young player of the year awards.
The blistering Gers winger has also jumped to the defence of his ‘bad boy’ team-mate Alfredo Morelos and surprised everybody with his opinion.
Morelos won both the Rangers top goalscorer”award with 29 strikes and the player of the year for this season’s performances.
Disappointingly, he also won something he didn’t want. The most amount of cards received, picking up 15 yellow cards, five reds with three games still to go.
When discussing striker Morelos, Kent was full of praise for the Rangers centre forward.
“Alfredo has been fantastic for us this year; he has stepped up in a number of games when we have needed a player to produce a bit of magic,” the Gers man claimed on Rangers TV.
“He is someone we can always rely on to always be there and score goals, and is a great player to play alongside.”
Kent rightly points out that Morelos adds an important physical presence to the forward line – a player who gives Rangers 100% to win games and score goals.
The hotheaded Colombian received massive criticism from the press, pundits and Rangers-hating fans for his bad temper and his obvious character flaw.
When will Morelos ever learn to count to ten, then wait for the opportunity to get your own back, during the next ball challenge with the culprit.
The retribution comes when the duel battling players are going for the ball at exactly the same time. Then take the ball and man together – but forcibly.
If he times the tackle, it makes the decision far too difficult for the referee to call, as Morelos got the ball first and won it – no yellow card.
That’s what good experienced professionals do, when someone tries to do them with a reckless, dangerous or vicious tackle.
Aberdeen’s Scott McKenna, Kilmarnock’s Kirk Broadfoot and Celtic’s Scott Brown all barged or kicked Morelos off the ball behind the referee’s back.
Unfortunately, Morelos took the bait on all three occasions, retaliated immediately, and all three times he was punished with red cards.
But when it comes to relying on him – I say – you can rely on him to be unreliable, as the team is often reduced to 10 men to see the game out.
Morelos has now missed 11 league and cup outings – including that crucial match against Aberdeen in the League Cup semi-final.
St. Johnstone and Dundee both managed to draw with Rangers during his suspensions. Those games went a long way to ruining their title challenge.
Kent has certainly performed brilliantly for Rangers this season. His clever left-wing displays have produced six goals and nine assists.
When Daniel Candeias, Morelos and Kent are in Rangers starting XI, they normally play well, win their games and score goals.
However, because of the latest Morelos four-game suspension period, it opened the door for Jermain Defoe and Scott Arfield to team up.
The forced change was an unexpected success with Rangers winning 3-0, 3-0, 3-1 and 2-0. They dominated all four of the one-sided games.
Rangers supporters are all hoping the young former HJK Helsinki striker will finally learn how to refrain from making the same mistakes.
Even Steven Gerrard said enough is enough, while some Rangers fans have accepted that he has to be sold before next season.
Gerrard has become increasingly frustrated by the way his powerful best player has misbehaved in certain crucial ties. He is simply not learning.
He is still the Rangers boss’ biggest selling asset, but has possibly gone from an asking price of £20 million to a more probable £12 million, due to his persistent behaviour.